Saturday, November 12, 2011

Can't Wait to Eat

The more impatient you are, the higher your body mass index, according to new research from the National Bureau of Economic Research. An analysis of data from the 2006 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth finds that the more impatient the individual, the greater their weight after controlling for all relevant socioeconomic characteristics. Another interesting finding: The cheaper the available food in the environment, the larger the weight gain among the impatient.

Source: National Bureau of Economic Research, Impatience, Incentives, and Obesity, Working Paper 17483, $5.

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